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A Nightmare's Prayer: A Marine Harrier Pilot's War in Afghanistan Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jun 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (28 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451608071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451608076
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mike Franzak has written a brilliant and moving account of the war in Afghanistan from a unique perspective. As a Marine Harrier pilot, he offers an unvarnished and honest view of combat in this strange land. "A Nightmare’s Prayer" is a must read for all those who seek an exceptional insight into a complex war.”

—General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)

“Every combat aviator will instantly recognize Franzak’s work as compellingly

authentic and honest. This is a book for grown-ups; an effort that treats the

personal as well as the professional aspects of wartime flying. "A

Nightmare’s Prayer" is the best autobiographical account of combat flying yet

to come out of the War on Terror.”

—Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout (retired), author of "Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat Over Iraq

"

“Franzak’s vivid writing puts you inside his jet, and also inside his head. This is a gripping account of a Marine pilot’s fight to help win a war—and to make peace with himself.”

—Nathaniel Fick, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "One Bullet Away"

“Mike Franzak’s account of the Flying Nightmares’ twelve month deployment to Afghanistan provides a rare look at an attack squadron at war. His vivid descriptions of the challenges of flying and fighting in that austere and dangerous environment will reinforce the faith of ground Marines in the dedication and skill of their flying counterparts. "A Nightmare’s Prayer "provides an inside view of a largely overlooked element of the fight in Afghanistan.”

—T. X. Hammes, author of "The Sling and the Stone"

"Mike Franzak has written a brilliant and moving account of the war in Afghanistan from a unique perspective. As a Marine Harrier pilot, he offers an unvarnished and honest view of combat in this strange land. "A Nightmare's Prayer" is a must read for all those who seek an exceptional insight into a complex war."

--General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)

"Every combat aviator will instantly recognize Franzak's work as compellingly

authentic and honest. This is a book for grown-ups; an effort that treats the

personal as well as the professional aspects of wartime flying. "A

Nightmare's Prayer" is the best autobiographical account of combat flying yet

to come out of the War on Terror."

--Lieutenant Colonel Jay A. Stout (retired), author of "Hammer from Above: Marine Air Combat Over Iraq

"

"Mike Franzak's account of the Flying Nightmares' twelve month deployment to Afghanistan provides a rare look at an attack squadron at war. His vivid descriptions of the challenges of flying and fighting in that austere and dangerous environment will reinforce the faith of ground Marines in the dedication and skill of their flying counterparts. "A Nightmare's Prayer "provides an inside view of a largely overlooked element of the fight in Afghanistan."

--T. X. Hammes, author of "The Sling and the Stone"

"Franzak's vivid writing puts you inside his jet, and also inside his head. This is a gripping account of a Marine pilot's fight to help win a war--and to make peace with himself."

--Nathaniel Fick, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "One Bullet Away"

"A compelling and powerful combat memoir of a Marine Harrier pilot's deployment in Afghanistan--the war we never hear about."

--Steve Pressfield, author of "The Afghan Campaign"

"Mike Franzak has written an important literary memoir about the close-air support in Afghanistan from the perspectives of a night attack, single-seat Harrier jump jet pilot and senior officer. Zak's cockpit was dangerous, dark, and lonely. The crying pleas of distressed soldiers on the ground required quick and precise bombing decisions that meant life or death. Read "A Nightmare's Prayer", the best personal narrative about Marine Corps aviation since Gregory Boyington's bestselling "Baa Baa Black Sheep"."

--Quang Pham, author of "A Sense of Duty: Our Journey from Vietnam to America"

About the Author

Michael "Zak" Franzak is a recently retired lieutenant colonel who served as an AV-8B Marine Corps Harrier pilot in Afghanistan. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, son, and daughter. "A Nightmare's Prayer" is his first book, and the winner of the 2012 Colby Award.

Francis J. "Bing" West is a former assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs and the author of The Wrong War, No True Glory, and The Pepperdogs.


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I like a memoir and what made this one stick out for me was the vein of authenticity that runs through the narrative. The author went to Afghanistan possibly naively and probably unsure about what to expect. He tells the tale of 12 months of combat in a Harrier, supporting troops on the ground. He deals with over work and exhaustion and operating way outside his comfort zone.

Its easy to identify with the author and his experiences. Fully recommended and one of the best of its genre (that I have read, anyway) IT doesn't try to make a political point - which is to its credit
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Having been out myself with the Royal Air Force Harrier Force in Afghanistan, this book gave a similar insight into my experiences out there. People are human and react in a human way. this book gives a valuable insight into the mind of a man battle adversity to do his job to the best of his abilities.
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Bought this to take on holiday. Had to say for me it was very typically American, kept me reading but I didn't feel that I couldn't put it down. An interesting take on life as a Harrier pilot in Afghanistan.
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Just received my copy of this book and already finding it hard to put down.First book I have read about Harriers in afghanistan and its first class. Got my copy from the Tartan Frog and it was here in a couple of days, although a very cheap used version the book is like brand knew , very pleased and will use this seller again .
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